Author Archives: Alice

On guessing the value of books

Nothing warms a bookseller’s heart more than picking a book out of the “maybe” pile thinking it is only worth a few dollars and then finding that it’s actually worth ten times as much. I find that this happens to … Continue reading

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Ten years after 9-11

In another post, I tell the story of where I was when I first heard about the attack on the World Trade center.  Today, the 10th anniversary of that event brings it all back, including the emotions. It’s a good day to write … Continue reading

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Wisconsin the welfare state. In 1869?

One of the things I love best about acquiring and selling old books is the wonderful feeling of holding history in my hands. Right now, I’m looking at a battered old book called Laws of Wisconsin Relating to the Organization … Continue reading

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Google and author’s rights

The AE Monthly, a newsletter put out by the Americana Exchange, is one of a few on-line publications I read religiously. Most of the time, I find the articles interesting and educational, but just this once, I’m a little disappointed … Continue reading

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On ruining a perfectly good book

Bad things happen to good books. See my post on Spine perished – a summer project, for example. Granted, “spine perished” is an extreme case. More commonly, a book will get dropped, or get wet, or the jacket will be torn … Continue reading

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Roses are red, violets are blue…

Every once in a while (not often enough), I go through my shelves and identify those books in my personal library that I haven’t looked at in years and am unlikely to ever read again, either because my interests have … Continue reading

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A cartoonist in wartime – WWII editorial cartoons

On a beautiful Midwest autumn morning, with sparse cotton candy clouds dotting a deep blue sky, I was walking across the parking lot toward my ten-story office building when a co-worker got out of her car and said there was … Continue reading

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St. Thomas Aquinas church history – I wasn’t even looking

I have always loved the word serendipity. For one thing, it’s fun to pronounce, being a kind of combination of serene and zip-a-dee (as in do dah!); it combines a happy sense of well being with a frisson of excitement. But more … Continue reading

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Spine perished, a summer project

One of the most popular pages on my website is the one that describes remainder marks, although almost all the pages in my Illustrated Collecting Terms section get a lot of hits. Book buyers do care. They understand, at least after their first … Continue reading

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Judging Saddle Horses and Roadsters

I purchased my first copy of James Barly’s only book, Judging Saddle Horses and Roadsters (privately printed, 1945),  in the Renaissance Book Shop, a fantastic four story warehouse full of books in downtown Milwaukee. Unlike so many of its ilk, Renaissance … Continue reading

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